"At age twelve listening to the likes of LL Cool J. Run-Dmc, NWA, & Ice T. lead me to write my first rap, it was a four-bar verse. To this day, I could spit that little verse and my homeboys will laugh with remembrance." Proclaims Crazy8, an Omaha native whose goal is to get notoriety for himself and his music in the rap world, & to also open doors for the rest of his crew the Unstable Citizens. When you think of Omaha, Nebraska you might think of country living and cornfields, however, if you ask Paul James aka Crazy8 about his hometown he’ll tell you facts to make you think differently about the Midwest. "I'm from the North Side of Omaha and it's just like any other city I've been to. Omaha has a real street atmosphere equipped with its hustlers, killers, pimps, gang members, and thugs just like everywhere else, but on a smaller scale.”
With his music he expresses life through his eyes, while representing all aspects of the streets, from drug dealing to working a 9 to 5. "I just spit about what I've seen & what I've been through while I ride on life's roller coaster, dealing with the daily struggle. Rap music is all about representing & I want to be a major player in putting my city on the hip hop map." Crazy8 moved away from Omaha in 1994 after the death of a close friend. As life spiraled down-hill for him, he was in need of a change. He made that change by joining the Navy. "I was doing pretty bad. I was temporarily living with my sister & the police were looking for me, I had two choices, & they were, end up dead or in jail. I was even contemplating robbin' a bank. So, I just made the most positive move I could’ve made."
He headed to the Northwest where he lived outside of Seattle. He performed in a few shows after being put on the local music scene by an up-and-coming artist. He received rave reviews & praise from fans, but he didn't think the Northwest was the place for him. In 1997, he relocated to Southern California, where he got more shows under his belt, while paying dues trying to accomplish his dream of owning his own record label. "I was living in Oxnard, Ca. & met some cats who dug my style. Then we formed a group called The Horde. They really made me step my game up, cuz they were serious. The Horde & I did a song called “805” while in Oxnard, CA & it got a lot of radio play." Motivated to complete a solo project, he purchased some production equipment to create more original music to fit his style of rap. He started writing & producing for his debut album & extremely hot single, both entitled Handle Mine. This self-taught producer created 90% of this 14-track masterpiece.
The Handle Mine album is a well-rounded, solid as concrete, positive piece of work. "I just write about what I'm going through and how I'm feeling at the time. I'm mainly trying to please myself. I have to be happy with my work first before I can share it with the world." Sharing with the world is exactly what he does on songs like: "World Thru My Eyes," "U Can't Get Out The Game," "Evolution," "Which Way Iz Up," and "It's Hard To Understand." These tracks speak about different aspects of life from a street point-of-view. "I am growing daily & becoming more comfortable with sharing my heart & my mind through my music. Most of my music is a bit gangsterous but I try to put a twist on the gangster and the gentleman that both try to escape when I write while speaking on everyday life, wait ‘til my next album! “Handle Mine” got the attention of MTV & they contacted me while I was in Greece. No deal came from it, but it was awesome knowing that my music got the attention of MTV." Crazy8 relinquishes his thoughts using his unpredictably unique flow fueled by agony, adversity, & life altering experiences that are sure to please the masses of rap fans & stay in cd decks & MP3s everywhere.
HANdLE MINE AGAIN VIDEO
CRAZY8- HANDLE MINE
THE FIRST RAP ALBUM TO BE CONFISCATED BY THE US GOV.
Back story: Crazy 8 was active duty military, his home was politely raided by government NCIS agents. This album on a hard drive was confiscated from him by the US Government in Greece 2005. 15 years later it was surprisingly returned to him during the Covid-19 Pandemic. The tracks were all in the developing stages during the time of the raid. He could have re-recorded it but, he wanted to preserve the original sound, energy, and era so he worked with the original files that were originally rough drafts. Please excuse any imperfections in the sound quality.
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